Good morning, friends!
Yes, I am definitely stretching out the dresses that I made back in JULY. Is it September already? Yeah, I’m slacking! I actually only have one more dress left to share with you that I wore on our summer vacation, plus two others that I completed over the summer. I may get done sharing them by the time I start sewing/sharing my fall/winter garments.
This is yet another Decades of Style 1940’s Dorothy Lara Dress. Yes, I’m in love with this pattern. It has all of the elements that I enjoy — peasant style, 1940’s silhouette, and it uses little fabric (3 yards!). Plus, it’s now available in a PDF version!
This dress is made in much the same way as my other Dorothy Lara dresses. This time I used a black floral cotton voile. I picked this fabric up last winter at Fabric Outlet in San Francisco. I was there to buy cold weather fabrics, but this bolt reached out and grabbed me and urged me to give it a good home, so I couldn’t say no, even if it was a bit inappropriate for the season.
The fabric is sheer, but I left it unlined and instead made a slip to go with it. I used the slip pattern from McCall’s 6696, with a thin rayon jersey from my stash. That pattern is for a woven, but I used a knit and sized down about two sizes. It was incredibly easy and quick to sew, albeit a little plain — but I don’t really want embellishments on a slip that is meant to be worn under a sheer dress.
The only thing that I dislike about this dress is the interfacing that I chose to use for the waistband. I thought the lightweight knit interfacing that I had would work, but it didn’t, and I was using what I had. If I had a fabric store nearby I would have gone and purchased some, but as I live 30 miles from the nearest JoAnn’s, I made do. Of course, I was reading Beth’s blog one day and was reminded that I could have used silk organza to interface that sheer waistband. I definitely need to remember such things! Thankfully the interfacing peek-through is not so visible when I’m wearing the dress, which is what matters most.
I absolutely love this dress. When I saw how it was coming together, I thought how beautiful the pairing of this fabric was with the pattern. When I bought this fabric I didn’t have a pattern in mind, it was just something that appealed to me that stored for later use. When I wore this in NY it was more of an evening look for me that I wore out to dinner and later to an event at Madison Square Garden. It was very hot and muggy and I felt slightly less so sporting this frock.
On the wall behind me are two of the crewel embroidery art pieces that my mom made, probably back in the 70’s. Aren’t they beautiful? My mom used to be a very crafty lady (sewing, knitting, embroidery, painting). She retires from her distinguished government position at the end of the year, so perhaps she will return to such pursuits. 🙂 I’m making a few photo-taking spots in my house and this is the beginning of one of them. This wall is in a spare bedroom that is my dressing room/boudoir.
- Dress: Decades of Style 1940’s Dorothy Lara Dress in cotton voile, made by me
- Slip: McCall’s 6696 in rayon jersey, made by me
- Earrings: BaubleBar